Local News

  • Rockwood in search of new judge

    Rockwood City Judge Mark Foster will soon be leaving with his family for a new beginning when his wife Kara takes over as senior minister at Madisonville First Christian in Madisonville (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he would be looking for someone to recommend to Rockwood City Council for approval and would be having a special called meeting sometime between now and the next city court date.

  • ‘We have a man here everyone has been trying to help’

    Rockwood City Councilman Harold Holloway defended the city’s actions to condemn the home of a veteran when he spoke during Council comments recently.

    Holloway said he has been biting his tongue as he hears some of the rumors and comments on social media sites that he says are untrue.

    “We have a man here everyone has been trying to help,” said Holloway.

    Holloway said employees at city hall have helped pay his utilities so they would be on in the winter.

  • VANDALS hit again
  • Field of DREAMS

    LexLin Gypsy Ranch in Roane County usually sells between 40-50 horses a year, but that’s not what President, CEO and owner Eric Barton likes most about his breeding operation.

    “I really like the donations more than the sells,” he said.

    Saturday was a big day for him. LexLin held its fourth annual Passing of the Lead ceremony, where it donates Gypsy Vanner horses to equine therapy centers from around the country.

  • Alleged Nazi saluter curses at judge

    The man accused of threatening to blow up a Harriman church had his case reset to Friday.

    James Lombardo appeared in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday on charges of aggravated criminal trespass, harassment and disrupting or obstructing a meeting or procession.

    He was sent back to the Roane County Jail after reportedly cursing at Judge Dennis Humphreys during his Monday court appearance.

    Lombardo’s charges stem from a July 15 incident at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Harriman.

  • Rockwood cleanups may go to court

    Rockwood officials may be heading to court to demolish two more properties, in keeping with their cleanup goals in the community.

    Rockwood City Council approved resolutions to file a Roane County Chancery Court suit to enforce building inspector Harold Ishman’s orders to demolish structures at 725 N. Chamberlain Ave. and 803 N. Trinity Ave.

    One step to make cleanup enforcement, including demolition easier, is a proposed new ordinance.

  • Ham radio enthusiasts to meet

    Roane County Amateur Radio Club will meet in regular monthly session at 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

    The meeting will be in Rockwood Community Center at 701 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    Call or email Jim at k4apy@yahoo.com or 603-7212 or Cliff at kd4gt.tn@gmail.com for details.

    Information is also available at www.ke4rx.org.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Kingston 2030 a big eye opener

    The Kingston 2030 Visioning exercise could have been called Kingston 20/20 because it not only opened my eyes, it also improved my vision.

    The exercise involved collecting citizen input on a variety of subjects related to the future of Kingston. As a resident of Kingston, I was glad to get the opportunity to contribute. About a dozen fellow citizens also showed up including businessmen and women.